4D printing is one of the emerging technologies which may be attributed to an object which changes its shape over time. 4D printing alludes to taking a 3D printed object and adding the ability of transformation by embedding a program directly into the materials by themselves. 4D printing adds time to the length, width and height of the objects. The 4th dimension in 4D printing refers to the ability for material objects to alter their shape or appearance over time.
Researchers are primarily focusing on 4D printing materials, emphasizing mainly at the microscopic level. Technologies such as shape memory alloys are being produced, in which a temperature change brings about a change in shape of the objects. Newer technologies are also making use of pressurized fluids, electro active polymers, chemicals and smart materials. The report study also comprises of the demand analysis of this particular market on a global and regional scale for a five-year period of 2016-2021, both in terms of volume (Units) and revenue ($M). Need for reduction in manufacturing & process costs coupled with increasing regulations on reducing construction operational costs has been driving the market growth. However, high cost is hampering the penetration and market growth of 4D printing market.
The market is estimated based on the key attributes such as the power in the hands of producers and consumers, analysis on the inter-industry rivalry, and threats from substitutes and new entrants. The report also includes segmentation based on materials, end user industries and geography. Types of materials used include smart metal alloys, self-healing polymers, dielectric elastomers and programmable materials. The programmable materials are expected to provide the largest contribution in the global market. Based on end user industry, aerospace, military and defense, automotive and biomedical are considered to be the most prominent end users of this industry.
The 4D printing market has also been segmented based on geographical region: Americas, Europe, Asia-pacific and Middle-East & Africa. These geographies are further classified into countries holding prominent share in the 4D printing market for the forecast period. North American is the dominant region for 4D printing market with U.S leading the charge, the major funding agencies being US ARO and DOD. However, by the upcoming years, Europe and Asia-Pacific are also expected to have a remarkable contribution in the 4D printing market.
Competitive landscape for each of the product types is highlighted and market players are profiled with attributes of company overview, financial overview, business strategies, product portfolio and recent developments. Market shares of the key players for 2016 are provided. Drivers, challenges and constraints which control the profitability of an industry is also analyze in the report.
1. Global 4D Printing - Market Overview
2. Executive Summary
3. Global 4D Printing – Market Landscape
3.1. Market Share Analysis
3.2. Comparative Analysis
3.2.1. Product Benchmarking
3.2.2. End User Profiling
3.2.3. Patent Analysis
3.2.4. Top 5 Financial Analysis
4. Global 4D Printing Market – Market Forces
4.1. Market Drivers
4.1.1. Need for Reduction in Manufacturing & Process Costs
4.1.2. Increasing regulations on reducing construction operational costs
4.2. Constraints & Challenges
4.2.1. High initial investments
4.2.2. Entry barriers for major companies due to stringent regulations
4.3. Attractiveness of Global 4D Printing industry
4.3.1. Power of suppliers
4.3.2. Power of buyers
4.3.3. Threat of new entrants
4.3.4. Threat of substitutes
4.3.5. Degree of competition
5. Global 4D Printing Market – Strategic Analysis
5.1. Value Chain Analysis
5.2. Pricing Analysis
5.3. Opportunities Analysis
5.3.1. Early Adoption in Aerospace, Military & Defense, Healthcare and Automotive Industries
5.3.2. Potential for Innovation and Product Developments
5.4. Product/Market Life Cycle Analysis
6. Global 4D Printing Market – By Materials
6.1. Smart Metal Alloys
6.2. Self-Healing Polymers
6.3. Dielectric Elastomers
6.4. Programmable Materials
6.4.1. Programmable Carbon Fiber
6.4.2. Programmable Wood
6.4.3. Programmable Textiles
6.4.4. Programmable Bio Material
7. Global 4D Printing Market – By End User Industry
7.2. Military & Defense
7.5. Consumer Products
7.6. Construction, Manufacturing & Infrastructure
8. Global 4D Printing Market – By Geography
8.2. North America
8.3.7. Rest of Europe
8.4.4. South Korea
8.4.5. Rest of APAC
8.5.1. South America
8.5.2. Middle East
9. Market Entropy
9.1. New Product Launches
9.2. M&As, Collaborations, JVs and Partnerships
10. Global 4D Printing Market – Company Profiles
10.1. Stratasys Ltd.
10.2. Autodesk Inc.
10.3. Academia Ltd.
10.4. Cycloid System Private Limited
10.5. Organovo Holdings Inc.
10.6. ExOne Co.
10.7. 3D Systems Corp.
10.8. Hewlett Packard Co.
10.9. Imaginarium SA
10.10. Materialise NV
10.11. Dassault Systems SA
10.12. A & R Cambridge Ltd.
10.13. SLM Solutions NA, Inc.
10.14. Alphaform AG
10.15. Voxeljet AG
10.16. Renishaw plc
10.17. Objet Geometries Ltd.
10.18. Z Corporation
10.19. Makerbot Industries LLC.
10.20. Ultimaker B.V.
*More than 10 Companies are profiled in this Research Report*
"*Financials would be provided on a best efforts basis for private companies"
11.3. Research Methodology
11.5. Compilation of Expert Insights